Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320) Our Professional Maryland Disc Golfer

Coverage of Andrew Fish at the 2019 Warwick Open in New York.

We have a “local” player – he’s out of Baltimore – who represents Maryland Disc Golf at Tournaments up and down the East Coast.

Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320) has transformed into one of the top pros in Disc Golf and it is exciting to watch him methodically navigate very tough courses. He is also a very passionate advocate for the inclusion of players regardless of gender, racial, and economic status.

Supporting women’s disc golf is important for me because it’s an obvious place where the demographics of disc golf don’t match up with the demographics of states, countries, heck, the world.

Andrew Fish (discgolf.ultiworld.com)

Andrew is a co-tournament director for the Women’s Open of Maryland. The tournament is still on the schedule to happen later this year. For female athletes looking to get started in disc golf or seasoned players looking for top quality competition this is an amazing event to participate in. The official sign up is on Disc Golf Scene.

On this blog I wrote about the tournament and the recent addition of $3,000 dollars cash to fund payouts for the event.

There are many of us in the lower amateur ranks here in Maryland who watch him play on video and talk about him during our own rounds. He is the guy who has been able to take his game to a totally different level and get on lead cards with the top players of the sport.

For the 2019 Season he was ranked number 70 in the world. That is totally awesome and an impressive feat. Let’s all hope he keeps climbing up that ladder to the number 1 spot.

It also turns out that he is an incredibly nice guy, easy to talk to and has a way of explaining his Disc Golf strategy that is so easy to comprehend.

My hope is to get him to West Winds Disc Golf once per quarter to play a “Meet the Pro” round with a small group of amateur players. The insight and nuggets of information he drops on you while playing a casual round are absolutely game changing.

What is in the Bag of Andrew Fish?

In the Bag for the 2019 Season

Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran – it’s always good to know what people who are better than you use for their game. Andrew takes 8 minutes to go through his bag and share with us why and what he carries to destroy the competition.

Putter

  • Roach (Soft X Plastic)

Approach

  • Zone (Z Plastic)
  • Challenger (Crystal Plastic)
  • Challenger (X Plastic)

Mid-Range

  • Comet (ESP Plastic)
  • Comet (Z Plastic)
  • Wasp (Z Plastic)

Fairway Driver

  • Vulture (Test Flight)
  • Undertaker (Z Plastic)

Driver

  • Force (Z Plastic)
  • Raptor (Z Plastic)

Utility – Roller

  • Crank (Z Plastic)
  • Thrasher (Z Plastic)

Bench Discs

  • Undertaker (Z Plastic)
  • Crank (Z Plastic)
  • Machete (Z Plastic)
  • Nuke OS (Z Plastic)

Disc Golf Bag

  • Upper Park – Shift
  • Upper Park – Rebel

So there you go. A whole roster of discs that a top tier pro uses to play the game.

It’s good to know what he is throwing. But you have to remember that as amateur players we typically lack the arm speed to get the same flight out of our discs. So you have to make sure you are getting discs that match your arm speed.

When in doubt – throw a Comet.

Andrew Fish

It’s a bit tricky to figure that out at first. But with practice and throwing discs regularly you’ll get the hang of it. Go out to your local course and play some rounds with random players to get a sense of what they use. Pay close attention to amateurs who throw similar distances and pick their brains and bags to see what they throw.

Where Can I Buy Discs?

There are several online companies that sell discs. For the past two years I have used Infinite Discs to purchase all my plastic. They have a great selection and they show you a photograph of the exact disc you add to your basket.

Discs are searchable so you can see very quickly if they have the one you are looking for.

For those of you looking to pick up any of the sweet discs that Andrew carries in his bag I’ve already found the link to the Discraft section on Infinite Discs for you. Head over and up your game with new additions to your bag.

Most of the Disc Golf manufactures also offer sales through their site as well. I find that their prices are a bit higher. But if for some reason Infinite Discs doesn’t have something you’re looking for – always try the manufacturers site.

I have been hard pressed not to find a disc I was looking for on the Infinite Disc site. In fact, I buy all my RPM discs from the site. My favorite is the RuRu putter – for me it feels like an old fashioned frisbee that I can get tight up to the basket to save strokes. Great approach disc in my very amateur opinion.

Talking about saving strokes. I found this great tutorial video of Andrew teaching us the how and why of the jump putt. It’s an older video – but the content is gold!

HOw and Why to Jump Putt

Putting is what separates the good players from the great players.

The information Andrew shares with us in this video from 2017 is still relevant today. Players have to understand when to use and how to execute the jump putt.

When watching coverage on YouTube you will see top tier players use the jump putt to save strokes all the time. It’s something you’ll see us amateur players use in rounds too.

Players like James Conrad (PDGA #17295) are absolutely deadly with the jump putt.

Lot’s of great clips of James Conrad hitting amazing jump putts.

Well Disc Golf fans – I hope you dig deep into the YouTubes to find other coverage of our Maryland Pro in tournament play. It’s great to watch him on video but even better if you catch him in a local tournament to see him in person.

What’s great about actually being at a tournament is to get a true sense of the distance the pros throw and the sound that comes out of the disc when it leaves their hand.

It’s one part of the disc golf experience that video coverage doesn’t quiet capture. That roaring rip through the air when a disc is released is fantastic!

How Can I Help West Winds Disc Golf?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with projects here at the course. There is a contact form you can use to reach out and add your name to our volunteer roster. Do it today so you get on the list and don’t miss out.

Sneak peek information – baskets will be coming in the near future. We are going to need a good crew to get them in the ground. More information about this in the upcoming week or so. Very exciting stuff.

Also, follow the course on Twitter and subscribe to the YouTube channel. We are giving away discs, PDGA items and other cool stuff. Trying to get the YouTube channel to 1,000 subscribers so we can use some of the additional features of YouTube.

Let’s do this Disc Golf fans!

Stay safe and healthy. Get out to a field and work on your game.

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What A Tournament Might Look Like at West Winds Disc Golf

I found coverage of the 2019 San Francisco Open and could see many similarities between the two properties. Now this is not an exact match as Gleneagles has a bit more tree as obstacle in the layout.

With a bit of imagination it isn’t hard to see that the course here could be a showcase for Disc Golf like what has been pulled off by the tournament directors, course designers, volunteers and owners of the Gleneagles course in California.

Men’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

To avoid spoilers for those who have not seen the tournament I will not talk about the winners of the Men and Women’s Pro Open.

But I will share some of the tournament stats. It was held over two days with three rounds played during that time period. With men and women combined there were 155 competitors battling for a total purse of $42,902 dollars.

Women’s 2019 San Francisco Open Coverage

I have no doubt that we can build a tournament of this level within the first 5-10 years of the course hosting competitive play. This is totally doable disc golf fans.

How Can I Help Bring the Dream Alive

Come out when we open and play as many rounds of Disc Golf that you can – all year long. We have to wait to see how all this COVID-19 stuff is going to play out.

But until then. We have a few volunteer work projects that need extra hands to help out with.

Maybe you are someone who isn’t into diving into ditches to clear them out?

Well, we can use people with art backgrounds to create our logo, take pictures of the course to use on the website, video talent to create content for the YouTube channel, social media masters to help get the word out.

There is probably some aspect of this project that you can help out with. Use the Contact Form to send me a message of support and I’ll add you to the volunteer roster.

Insane Paul McBeth BeastMode Highlights

I’m trying to include some amazing videos of Disc Golf that keep the flame alive and will hopefully inspire new players to try the sport.

Here is a collection of amazing highlights from the 5 time World Champion Paul McBeth.

Incredible Paige Pierce Highlights

Fans of Women’s Disc Golf know that you just can’t mess with Paige Pierce. She is deadly long from the tee, her approach shots are money and her putts are at the top of the sport.

Check out this amazing collection of clips from the 5 time World Champion during 2019.

What Do I Do now?

All this video got you pumped up… get out an throw some plastic!

Avery Jenkins gets us on track to practice like a pro.

The worst thing for your game is to spend too much time in front of your device. You must get out to the field to get better.

How Do I pick a Disc Golf Driver for Distance?

Best Disc Golf Discs put together a very good video that breaks down the physics of which driver you should look at adding to your bag.

Many aspects of flight are discussed and what the pros are doing to make their selections.

Science and Disc Golf are awesome.

Alright, that’s a whole bunch of Disc Golf awesomeness. Time to put it down and go throw some plastic to make my own game better.

Look forward to seeing you on the course soon. Stay safe and healthy Disc Golf fans!

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Upcoming Disc Golf Project – Working with Rocks – not ROCs

In the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16 (East Course)

It’s been raining for the past four days. There have been a few times when I have ridden around in the car to run to the grocery store, hardware store or just to get out of the house.

I typically come in through the second entrance into the neighborhood. This brings folks right past hole 16 – which is a massive 1,100 foot hole.

As you can see in the sketch above. There is a great area to do a rock bed that spells out “Disc Golf”. Is this a good idea or great idea?

I can’t decide which it is… let me know what you think.

We are doing some work in other areas of the course. We can start making rock piles to supply the “Disc Golf” rock bed. It’ll take some lugging around and some digging out. But it’s certainly do-able. Unless this is a totally lame idea. Let me know.

Panorama of the Out-of-Bounds area on Hole 16.

What Can I Do to Help?

Ok. So, volunteer effort is where projects like this go from the “idea” phase to “reality”. Let’s get real. Let’s go from the mystic realm to the physical realm.

Non-Disc Golf Related Information: our family has recently watched the entire Marvel series of movies. I’ve realized I am a huge Dr. Strange fan. Also, I now think of myself as Quill and my wife as Gamora. I want to run around the universe with her…

Anywho…

Take a moment to send me a message so I can add you to the list of volunteers. Let’s do this Disc Golf Fans!

How Can I Work on my Game Right Now

Just because we’re social distancing right now – doesn’t mean we can’t figure out ways to practice. Getting out into a field is always a good way to raise our skill level and to gain an edge over our competition when Disc Golf tournaments fire back up.

Paul Ulibarri has a YouTube show teaching us hackers how to improve.

Paul Ulibarri (PDGA #27171) just released a new training show “Down the Fairway” on his YouTube channel (make sure to subscribe) where he teaches us how to get better.

I dive deep into the “Down the Fairway” show and Paul Ulibarri the player in one of my other blog posts. He is a class act and worth your time getting to know a bit more about this top pro.

This first show focuses on the most important 50 feet in Disc Golf. We all often refer to it as the “initial gap” or “the bogey maker” or “that damn tree there” or “gotta beat” or “dammit I hit it again”. Your choice on what you call it.

You might not have a goal post to throw at. But there is certainly two trees near you that can be used to work the practice routine that Paul shares with us.

Don’t let the indoors seduce you with that comfortable couch and Netflix binging. Get out and work on your game. Your future self will thank you.

Play, practice, build your game and have fun disc golf fans!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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Second Disc Giveaway – YouTube for 100 Subscribers

To get your name into the race to 100 and a chance to win this disc:

That’s it. Good luck everybody. Let’s do this!

Your Chance to Win a Discmania Special Edition MD5 Support Disc

I’m giving away a brand new Discmania Special Edition MD5 Team Support Disc ($20.99) to get the YouTube channel up to 100 subscribers.

A message from the founder and CEO of Discmania Jussi Meresmaa.

Message from Discmania

As the world fights the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the disc golf community, including those on Team Discmania, are wondering what to do as their main source of income is put on hold for the foreseeable future.

As a company we knew we wanted to do something to help those on Team Discmania. We’ve also heard from disc golfers everywhere asking how they can show their support. In fact, the call for a way to support Team Discmania has been quite overwhelming.

To answer that call, we’re releasing the limited Heart Team Discmania collection. A small set of discs will be available with the combined Heart Discmania and Team Discmania stamps. A significant amount of the proceeds from these sales will go directly to those on Team Discmania.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aahef2v0T_k

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Maryland Women’s Disc Golf Tournament – $3,000 in Added Cash for Competitors

Video coverage from the 2019 Tournament – 2 Rounds

Women’s Open of Maryland Disc Golf Tournament could still happen this year. The registration has been moved to May 15th (as of April 24) and the tournament directors are still planning on holding the event. So keep an eye out on the registration page.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament.

Players that are interested in going head-to-head against other women disc golfers – now is the time to add this on your calendar. The official place to sign-up is on the Disc Golf Scene website.

What is the WOmen’s Open of Maryland?

It is an event dedicated to provide a professional tournament environment where women and girls are the focus of the competition. The atmosphere is very supportive, highly encouraging and full of camaraderie between everyone participating.

It is a PDGA sanctioned event for women only. Currently, it is held annually at the Seneca Creek State Park disc golf course.

Women and girls of all skill levels are invited to play in this tournament. It offers an amazing first tournament experience for newcomers to the sport and veterans alike.

There are different divisions for all the many skill levels. So players who are brand new aren’t going to be set to compete against a far more skilled player.

Men are invited to participate by helping with tournament operations, volunteer as spotters or caddies and to find ways to sponsor different parts of the event. There are many ways that men can help make this a successful event. Contact the Tournament Directors to let them know you want to help support the tournament.

The PDGA and Women’s Disc Golf

There is a Women’s Committee within the PDGA to help grow the sport among female athletes. The goal is to attract, encourage, and retain more participation by women in organized disc golf events.

Elaine King is the current chair of the Women’s Committee and is available to help or answer any questions you may have about the committee.

Elaine King interviewed after the final round of the 2019 MVP Open.

For those of you new to the sport. Elaine King (PDGA #3090) is a professional disc golf world champion (5 times) and hall of fame member (1997). She is an ambassador for the sport and is known to be gracious and a joy to play a round with.

A Message from the Tournament Directors

There are two people that co-direct this tournament: Allie Stone (PDGA #57951) and Andrew Fish (PDGA #58320). Their goals for the tournament are to plan, fundraise, organize, and run a disc golf tournament:

  • Where women and girls feel welcome, appreciated, and empowered as participants,
  • That cultivates camaraderie, sportsmanship, competition, and fun,
  • To enhance the community of women and girls playing disc golf in the Mid-Atlantic region.

If you want to sign up for the tournament you’ll want to bookmark the Disc Golf Scene page with the tournament signup form.

Paige Pierce on Throwing Putters

Don’t forget to get out when you can to practice your form, get your putting motion locked down, build up your stamina to trek through the course and be ready to have a great time!

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Get Disc Golf Practice During Stay at Home Orders – Build Your Game

Getting out to practice can be a bit of a challenge right now due to stay-at-home orders around the country. Danny Lindahl from Dynamic Discs walks us through indoor practice to keep our skills sharp.

Disc Golf fans, we can’t let this stop us from working on our game and finding ways to improve for when we are able to get back to competitive play.

The best way to practice Disc Golf drives Using a net or Tarp

Whether you setup inside or in your backyard; using a net or tarp to practice your drives is a great way to retain muscle memory and work on your form. Remember, Disc Golf is about being smooth and using form to maximize distance. It is not how hard you throw.

Watch out For Lack of Information

  • Lack of disc feedback
  • Not able to see full flight
  • Unable to tell just how hard you are throwing
  • Cannot tell what the results of your throw are

Focus On The Positive

  • Work on throwing rhythm
  • Work on smooth x-step
  • Build muscle memory
  • Throw around 60-80% power
  • Build release consistency
  • Work on form

Protect People and Your Equipment

  • Avoid using your best discs
  • Beating a disc into a tarp will change flight characteristics
  • Throw while wearing proper shoes
  • Be sure your space inside allows for this type of workout
  • Be safe if other people are around
  • Discs hitting drywall or flesh do leave marks

Don’t forget to practice putting too. It’s easy to focus on drives and omit putting practice. On the course, it’s so easy to three putt which ruins that amazing drive off the tee. Putt for dough and drive for show.

Get started on building proper Disc Golf Throwing form – Smooth is Far

Simon Lizotte and Eagle McMahon have a great YouTube video tutorial that break down the form required to maximize distance. Hint: it’s not about buying the fastest speed driver and trying to throw it as hard as you can.

Simon and Eagle are two of the longest throwers in Disc Golf. They show exactly what you need to know in order to get the distance you want.

One of the common errors we all make when first starting out is to try and throw the disc as hard as possible. It turns out that it doesn’t go very far. It seems counterintuitive and can lead to frustration – but that’s just the way the physics works out. Smooth is far. Smooth is far.

Volunteer Some Time at Your Local Disc Golf Course

There are many courses around the country (West Winds Disc Golf included) that need help from local volunteers – even with stay-at-home orders. You may find an opportunity that allows for getting out on a course by yourself to do a bit of cleanup. While you’re walking around – take a putter with you.

When you move from one area to the next – putt your way to your destination. Learning putter is one of the best ways to move your game to the next level.

Also, you’re building amazing Disc Golf karma that comes in handy when playing that league round or tournament. Knowing the course at an intimate level allows for knowledge that other players do not have. You hone an edge while out there working.

Reach out and let me know if you’re interested in lending a hand.

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Weekend Warriors Take on a Monumental Task

The other day when driving into the neighborhood I noticed that the monument for the Disc Golf course had become quite overgrown. Maybe you have noticed it as well – it’s kind of hard to miss at the corner of Country Club and SanAndrew.

Before

After

Taming the Overgrowth

With 50-60 paper lawn bags, a machete, a few hand tools and dodging the rain this weekend a few eager, willing and courageous warriors will fight their way through the dense overgrowth. We have been warned that a family of skunk has lived here and there are rumors that hermit disc golfers have caved in the brush while waiting for baskets to be installed.

It’ll be an intense battle between nature and volunteer. But we’re strong and ready for the fight.

How Can I Help Support This Mission?

As we clear out this vegetation we will be bagging it in paper yard bags.

When you drive by:

  • Grab one or two to put with your yard waste (dump is closed)
  • Say hi and honk your support
  • Take pictures and post on social media

This is not a structured work session. With the rain forecast it is going to be a situation where if the opportunity to get out there presents itself we’ll head out. But there should be plenty of good weather to get it done.

If you’re interested in helping out – just stop by and lend a hand. But for goodness sakes maintain social distancing and all that.

Huge Thank You

Jay and Bob stopped by to lend a hand with pulling out old overgrowth. Rob lent a hand by taking away many bags of cut grasses.

A mystery neighbor also stopped by and picked up yard bags too.

Three of my children threw in some elbow grease to help out too.

I appreciate the help from everyone. The corner of Country Club and SanAndrew are looking good.

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Volunteer Project – Clearing Out the Valley of Death

Design Phase Video Walkthrough of Hole 4 on the East Course.

On hole 4 (East Course) there is a dreaded area of doom and destruction that has been labeled “The Valley of Death” by the players who have played demo rounds.

The valley has a stream that runs through it and right now it has been allowed to over grow with the most diabolical sticker bushes. Pain, heartache, turmoil, dread, despair and actual blood flows by any player that is unfortunate enough to land in this area.

Turns out. It’s really easy to end up there and no one wants to have to give blood to just get their disc back. I agree with the feedback from the test players.

Remove Invasive Overgrowth on Hole 4

On Sunday May 3, 2020:

  • Start time 9a
  • End time noon
  • You will need boots for water, gloves, eye protection, cutting tools, long pants and probably long sleeves of some sort.

Location

We are going to be working in the area circled on the image below.

Click on the image to go to the Google Maps location.

The stream is below the tee pad and very overgrown with vegetation.

Preview of the Work

So there are no surprises for anyone who volunteers for this mission. We’re going to be working in and around a stream with water running through it. The stream bank is a bit high and the growth is very thick.

You will probably get stuck many times by the very thorny growth and I assume there will be many curse words uttered during the process. You may question your decision making skills and wonder why you ever agreed to do this in the first place.

Evil, evil sticker bushes.

I will guarantee that you are going to feel a major sense of accomplishment and pride when we are done with the clean-up.

How Can I Volunteer to Help?

Use the “Contact Form” right here on the website to let me know you want to be added to the volunteer list. That’s it and it will get you started with us all on the journey to build West Winds Disc Golf course.

Thank you all in advance for your help, time and energy. It is so greatly appreciated.

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When Disc Golf Courses Dream

UDisc Recently Ranked the World’s Top 50 Courses Raising Aspiration Amongst Courses

Reading the list of the world’s top 50 courses right before going to bed has courses around the world scratching their head on how they can get on the board next time.

Going through the list and digging deeper into the many different websites and YouTube to see video footage it’s amazing the design work that has gone into so many of these properties.

I was amazed that the world number one course started off as a literal garbage dump in Sweden. A dump that has turned into the host course for the European Open and a crown jewel in all of disc golf.

Such a job well done. Think of all the support the project team had to pull this off.

The Goal is to Be One of the Best in the World

Enticing top tier players from the PDGA, hosting the Maryland Disc Golf Championships, becoming a stop on the PDGA tour and becoming the breeding grounds for future Junior, Amateur and Professional players.

West Winds Disc Golf is dreaming big.

There is so much work to do in order to start knocking off courses that have established themselves over many decades. It has to start somewhere, it has to start with a small spark and it has to begin with a dream.

West Winds Disc Golf is starting with a tremendous head start over many other courses. We have much of the course infrastructure in place to build upon. There is a tradition of golf already built into the neighborhood. There are highly competitive people all across this neighborhood who want to see competition, athletes doing their best to achieve their goals and to be known as the place where Champions are born, trained and crowned.

This has started. The dream is becoming real. The future is now.

World’s Best Disc Golf Courses: #1 Järva

Amazing footage of the disc golf park in Sweden.

The intro package from the 2016 European Open showcases the course. Look at how they have built a course that takes advantage of the natural elevation changes, keeps a very natural setting in which disc golfers can use all sorts of different shot lines and the beautiful course maintenance that keeps this course looking like an amazing park.

This course is a pay-to-play course. Very much in line with what we are going to do here at West Winds Disc Golf. There are so many good things happening at this former municipal dump that it is worth your time to read the UDisc article about it.

Our course is already dreaming, working hard, building it’s tree game and finding ways to challenge players. We’re coming for you Järva.

What Can I Do To Help West Winds Disc Golf?

Disc Golfers who want to be a part of this project… you are the best. I’ve heard from so many of you so far. Thank you for volunteering. If you are just now finding out about the course and want to jump into the project – let me know.

Neighbors volunteer to help the Disc Golf course. Folks who are helping with the course are actually able to get their hands on areas that have been lacking in attention in different areas of the neighborhood. It’s your chance to pitch in and show support for the business that many of us have right in our back yard.

If you can’t volunteer. Make a promise to sponsor a basket, a tee pad, advertise in some way on the website or just donate money to help fund the project.

Share the website wwdg.club, the YouTube channel and Twitter information with as many people as possible and be active on those platforms.

Show the property owner that there are people interested in seeing his beautiful 140 acre property used for:

  • outdoor sports
  • park areas
  • places to hangout while eating food you bought at his restaurant
  • share how you look forward to his driving range opening back up for ball golf
  • walking with family
  • just communing with nature

Tell him that you are going to use his facilities to host:

  • birthdays
  • family reunions
  • weddings
  • outdoor photography
  • life events of all kinds
  • to build lifelong memories

Gush about how you look forward to his old golf course to be landscaped to offer:

  • shade
  • floral elements
  • healthy tree habitat
  • play areas
  • all day walking paths
  • fields to walk your dogs
  • visual appeal to interest new home buyers
  • pride in the neighborhood

Share that you and your family are anxious to spend money to help him keep up all of the acreage, facilities and the like to promote a successful business venture for him and the benefit of a revived property that enhances the overall appeal to our community.

These are things that would help with this project and all of us in the same neighborhood of West Winds.

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The Rules of Disc Golf Explained with Ninh Ly

This is a great video that explains in a five minutes the rules of disc golf as well as showing amazing coverage of disc golf tournament play.

You’ll get a good sense of the sport, the rules surrounding play and the types of courses that disc golfers seek out.

Disc Golf 101: What is Disc Golf?

I really like concise videos that provide quick bites of information about the sport. This video by Best Disc Golf Discs does a great job of quickly explaining what disc golf is to a newcomer.

Enjoy new Disc Golf fan!

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